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E-514 - Natural Gas

  • Professionals from all sectors, involved or interested in the natural gas industry.
  • This course provides a comprehensive review of the techniques involved in natural gas production, processing and transport, complemented with an overview of natural gas valorization channels.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • explain fundamentals of natural gas composition, characteristics, production and field processing,
  • understand technical issues and specific constraints of natural gas transport and storage,
  • review the various end-user markets available for valorizing natural gas,
  • grasp key natural gas chain economic issues.
  • No prerequisites for this course.
Ways and means
  • Highly interactive training by industry-specialist lectures.
  • Numerous applications and illustrations.

Natural gas: types & production techniques 0.75 day
  • Types and characteristics of natural gas fields. Production techniques.
  • Different types of natural gases (condensate, wet or dry gas) and characterization parameters.
  • Constitution of natural gas well effluent, properties and specific hazards.
  • Case of associated gases: recovery techniques, characteristics, composition, etc.
End uses of natural gas - Main quality requirements 0.25 day
  • End uses of natural gases: fuel (domestic and industrial uses), conversion into other energy types (electricity production and cogeneration), automotive fuel (Natural Gas for Vehicles - NGV and conversion into liquid automotive fuels GTL), chemical valorization, etc.
  • Quality requirements for commercial natural gases and associated products (ethane, LPG, condensates) - Examples of quality standards.
Natural gas processing 2 days
  • Gas dehydration (drying) and Hydrate formation inhibition:
  • System behavior. Moisture content of a saturated gas.
  • Applications: moisture content of different gases having various compositions.
  • Hydrate formation inhibition by injection of inhibitors: MeOH, MEG, DEG, LDHI, etc.
  • Gas dehydration: TEG units, Molecular Sieves, etc.
  • Application: summary design of TEG unit.
  • Gas sweetening: removal of acid components (H2S and/or CO2):
  • Different techniques applicable for gas sweetening:
  • Chemical solvent processes. Amine units (MEA, DEA, DGA, MDEA, etc.).
  • Physical solvent processes.
  • Hybrid (physico-chemical) solvent processes.
  • Overview of other techniques.
  • Conversion of H2S: sulfur production (CLAUS process) and tail gas processing.
  • Application: summary design of an amine unit.
  • Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) extraction (removal of heavy components):
  • External refrigeration loop.
  • Joule-Thomson expansion.
  • Turbo-Expander.
  • Application: calculation of cryogenic loop used for NGL extraction.
  • Examples of gas field development schemes:
  • Gas fields development options: onshore or offshore processing, single-phase or multiphase export pipelines, “Wet” or “Dry” development.
  • Other treatments: mercury removal, conversion or adsorption of mercaptans (RSH), etc.
Transport of natural gas in liquid phase - LNG option 1 day
  • Liquefaction processes: principle, typical operating conditions, technology.
  • LNG tanks: Single or Double or Full Containment (self-standing, membrane). Hazards.
  • LNG transport: LNG carriers (MOSS spheres, Membrane, …), export and receiving terminals.
  • LNG regasification at the receiving terminals, options for refrigeration duty recovery.
Transport & storage of natural gas in gas phase 0.5 day
  • Gas pipes: technology, capacities, equipment, recompression units, operating conditions, etc.
  • Underground storage (old reservoirs, aquifers, salt domes, etc.). Required treatments at outlet.
Natural gas economics 0.5 day
  • Resources, production and markets.
  • Natural gas marketing: competition of other energy sources and consequences on gas contracts (prices and duration), cost of transport and its impact on the structure of the gas chain.
  • Future of the natural gas.
2017 course calendar
Language Dates Location Tuition Register
Jun 12 - 16 Rueil €3,570 Online By email
Oct 09 - 13 Rueil €3,570 Online